Wairarapa News : May 11th 2011
37 WAIRARAPA NEWS, MAY 11, 2011 EDUCATION Why choose the Masterton Early Learning Centre for your Infant or Toddler? Because you want the best for your child! We have been operating for 3 years and have an established great working team of sta , our play rooms and playground have made a journey that re ects our passion for creating a warm, stimulating, inviting and educational environment that re ects our community; and that our parents have helped develop! Come and see for yourself: Our infant teachers Michelle and Gina (quali ed, • registered, with vast experience and very passionate) have created an infant environment with calm and relaxed routines, with a focus on fostering warm and respectful relationships with every child and their family. Our teacher to child ratio for children under 2 years of • age is; 1 teacher to 4 children at the most (better than Ministry of Education recommendations). Our centre is purpose built, has under- oor heating • and heat pumps to ensure an even temperature and holds a high level of hygiene and cleanliness. Our centre is inviting to children through carefully planned and researched aesthetics. In the infants room Michelle and Gina write daily in • your child s journey/photo book about their routines and activities. This book is for you to take home, write in and also share with family and friends, and makes a great keepsake. We have four di erent rooms throughout our whole • centre: Room 1= 0-18mths, Room 2 =18mths-2.5 years, Room 3= 2.5-3.5 years and Room 4= 3.5-5 years of age. This ensures small group sizes, a safe and supportive environment with resources and activities to suit each child s developmental level and interests. We are very well resourced: Each of the four rooms has • their own monthly nancial budget, so we cater for the current children s developmental needs, routines and interests. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are available for • children aged 12 months and over. Celebrating our 3rd birthday by making changes to our outdoor area, come and check us out! Deck extension and new gardens Solar powered water feature New gardens and bridge Limited spaces available in our Under 2's centre, come and visit today! 29 Albert Street, MASTERTON • Ph: 06 370 1037 • email@example.com 3702947AA Education is power Whanau focussed: Whaiora's five recent graduates: Wai Quayle, Kiri Reeves, Mandy Townsend, Trish Karena and Kim Toloa. April was a month of achievements for Whaiora staff, with five staff graduating with tertiary qualifications. Four have graduated from Te Wananga o Aotearoa with a Diploma in Social Work and are completing a Bachelor of Social Work and Biculturalism. Given the shortage of qualified Maori social workers, Whaiora gen- eral manager Triny Ruhe is proud of their achievement. Maori are under-represented in the body of qualified social work practitioners so it is great that Whaiora staff are working towards helping increase this number. When they finish their degrees, Whaiora will have six fully qualified social workers.'' Ms Ruhe says Whaiora is commit- ted to professional development for staff. All of our 32 staff at Whaiora are encouraged to take the opportunity for professional development, whether it is tertiary study, attending workshops, seminars or short courses. Through continuing education, we can improve our know- ledge and skills to best serve our people.'' Whaiora also has staff studying in other areas relevant to their professions including te reo Maori, health psychology and postgraduate nursing papers. Trish Karena, who graduated with a Diploma in Social Work, says it hasn't always been easy juggling full- time work, whanau commitments and study. But graduating was awesome, it's a great feeling of achievement. It's helped me in my role as a Family Start worker. In the end we are doing it for our community. Increasing our know- ledge means we can help build a bet- ter and more resilient community.'' Kim Toloa, one of Whaiora's Tamariki Ora Well Child nurses, graduated with a Post-Graduate Cer- tificate in Primary Heath Care Specialty Nursing from Whitireia Community Polytechnic. One of my passions is working to prevent SUDI [Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy], and my study def- initely increased my knowledge in this area,'' she says. My study also really highlighted the inequalities that exist for Maori and Pacific children compared to other ethnic groups. It has equipped me to empower whanau.'' Whaiora regularly hosts trainee nurses and doctors for their practice placement. Registered nurse Cara Laing says her placement at Whaiora gave her a wide range of experiences and showed the broad variety of services Whaiora offer. Each of the staff had excellent knowledge in their area of specialty, so I learnt a lot spending time with different staff at Whaiora.'' Ms Laing does before-school checks and immunisations at Whaiora. Farm systems learnt on site Immersion: Walford students and tutors enjoying a day out at Cape Palliser. A group of students from Walford North Shropshire College in England had the ultimate New Zealand farming experience for three weeks at the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre. The 14 agriculture students, who are in their second year of study at the specialist land-based col- lege, experienced a range of activities such as chain- saw and ATV (all-terrain vehicle) skills training, visiting large farming operations, checking out stockyards and observing ram-breeding operations. Welsh student Tom Price said: The things that have been most inter- esting and quite different to back home are the extensive lambing practices you have here, the great fencing techniques that are taught and the low input way New Zealand produces livestock''. Taratahi has 21 students and two staff members heading to Walford for three weeks.
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